TABLE 1

Descriptive Characteristics According to Obesity Status for 27 060 Examinations in the Bogalusa Heart Study

Children Without ObesityChildren With Moderate Obesity (%BMIp95 of 100–119)Children With Severe Obesity (%BMIp95 ≥120)
N (examinations)24 6031804609
Year of examination1979 (1976–1985)1982 (1977–1988)1985 (1978–1992)
Girls, %49 ± 0.3a49 ± 147 ± 2
African Americans, %38 ± 0.336 ± 145 ± 2
Age, y10.9 (7.9 to13.8)b11.1 (8.6 to 13.6)11.7 (9.2 to 14.2)
BMI17.3 (15.6 to 19.7)25.4 (22.6 to 28.3)32.0 (28.4 to 35.3)
BMIz (SDs)0.0 (−0.6 to 0.6)1.9 (1.8 to 2.0)2.4 (2.3 to 2.5)
BMIaz (SDs)0.0 (−0.6 to 0.6)1.8 (1.8 to 2.1)3.0 (2.7 to 3.5)
%BMIp95, %76.2 (69.6 to 83.6)106.7 (102.8 to 112.3)129.0 (123.7 to 136.9)
  • The 27 016 examinations were from 11 624 children.

  • a Values of categorical variables are mean ± SE.

  • b Values of the continuous variables are M (25th and 75th percentiles).